A cyclist who crashed and injured himself while riding in Romania may owe his life to a stray dog after it curled up next to him to keep him warm until rescuers arrived.
The incident happened in the Semenic mountains in the west of the country last month, reports Romania Insider (link is external), with the 40-year-old cyclist sustaining a broken clavicle after crashing.
By the time gendarmes arrived, he was suffering slight hypothermia – but clearly would have been in a worse situation had the dog not shared its body heat with him.
Posting to the Jandarmeria Caras Severin page on Facebook, they wrote: “The big surprise, and the emotional part of this incident was when the cyclist fell and remained laying on the road.
A dog came from the woods and laid besides the victim as to warm him with its body. When we arrived, the dog didn’t leave his side and remained there until the ambulance arrived.